Olga describes the real-world strategies that have made her son Billy better able to cope with life, and explains how working with autism's many strengths has led to a better quality of life for all her family. Full of advice for both day-to-day living and long-term progress, this is a positive and inspirational read.
Intro The Dragons of Autism Contents 1. About Us 2. About this Book 3. In the Beginning 4. Family Life with Billy 5. Tantrums 6. A Good Day with a Three-Year-Old 7. A Cross-Country Move 8. How We Learned that Billy is Autistic 9. Seeing Autism - and Recognizing What You See 10. Enlightenment Check 11. Coming to Terms 12. A Brief History of One Boy's Autism 13. A Guardian Angel 14. My First Step in Managing Billy - "Buying Time" 15. Rituals 16. Schedules 17. Communicating in Poetry 18. ChOT (The "Choice-Offering Tool") 19. Dealing with Physical Sensitivities 20. Reserves of Body and Soul 21. Starting the Day 22. Organizing the Struggle 23. The Warrior-Parent 24. An Example of a Battle-Plan 25. Another Battle Considered 26. Some Battles in Progress 27. Autism and the Phases of the Moon 28. OMAFED 29. Using OMAFED 30. A Tantrum is not Wrongdoing 31. OMAFED and the Rest of the World 32. Happiness Training 33. Don't Say Don't 34. "We Use Words and Poems and Songs" 35. The Value of Friendship 36. Sibling Shame 37. Books, Books, Books 38. Menu, Please 39. Well-Meaning People 40. A Special Education 41. Summer School 42. The Academy - and Home at Last 43. Epilogue: The Four Stages of Life Appendix: Billy's Words at Age Four Index.
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Print version: Holland, Olga The Dragons of Autism